She's the Man
|She's the Man|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andy Fickman|
|Produced by||Lauren Shuler Donner
|Screenplay by||Karen McCullah Lutz
|Based on||Twelfth Night by
|Music by||Nathan Wang|
|Editing by||Michael Jablow|
|Running time||105 minutes|
She's the Man is a 2006 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Fickman, inspired by William Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night. The film stars Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, and Vinnie Jones.
The film centers around teenager Viola Hastings who enters her brother's school in his place, pretending to be male, in order to play with the boys' soccer team.
Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes) is a high school soccer player at Cornwall, which has just cut its girls' soccer team. After her request to join the boys team is refused by the misogynistic coach, she finds a way to play for Cornwall's rival, Illyria, which is a boarding school. Viola's twin brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), is supposed to enter Illyria as a new student, and since he is instead going to a contest in London with his fledgling band, Sebastian asks Viola to cover for him by telling the school that he is sick and making each of their parents (who are divorced) think that he is staying with the other.
Viola instead decides to pass herself off as Sebastian and join the boys' soccer team at Illyria. She hopes to beat the Cornwall team and humiliate her cocky ex-boyfriend, Justin (Robert Hoffman), who plays for the rival team. With the help of her stylist friend Paul and his girlfriends, Viola becomes the quirky "Sebastian".
At Illyria, Viola's roommate is Duke Orsino (Channing Tatum) a good-looking striker on the soccer team. Tryouts see Viola assigned to second string, much to her dismay. Meanwhile, "Sebastian's" lab partner, Olivia (Laura Ramsey) develops a crush on him, which frustrates Duke, who likes Olivia. In exchange for "Sebastian's" help in getting Olivia's attention, Duke agrees to put in extra soccer practice time with him. Coach Dinklage eventually moves "Sebastian" up to first string, and he is delighted.
“Sebastian” is reminded, by a message from his mother, about the Junior League carnival that the siblings promised to attend. Due to the fact that Duke’s mother is also a part of the Junior League, he must go as well. “Sebastian” is forced to switch between herself (Viola) and Sebastian the whole time, while trying to avoid her mother and Monique, Sebastian's ex-girlfriend, so that she is not discovered as impersonating her brother. Viola is trying to run around and do both her and her brother’s jobs at the carnival. Duke misses his chance with Olivia when her shift is up at the kissing booth. He is not disappointed by her replacement, who turns out to be “Sebastian’s” sister, Viola. Duke and Viola meet for the first time and exchange their kiss at the kissing booth, only to be interrupted by Viola’s ex-boyfriend, Justin. Duke and Justin get into a fight and decide they will finish the battle on the soccer field. Duke realizes he might be crushing not only on Olivia, but on Viola as well.
Olivia goes on a date with Duke to make "Sebastian" jealous, remaining far more interested in him than in Duke. Encouraged by Viola, she decides to go directly to Sebastian and tell him how she feels.
The plot becomes complicated when the real Sebastian returns from London a day early. When he arrives at Illyria, Olivia runs up and kisses him. Duke, seeing this, believes his roommate has betrayed him and after arguing with "Sebastian" kicks him out. Viola stays in Eunice's room and oversleeps, causing the real Sebastian to wind up on the pitch playing in what should be his sister's spot in the next day's much-anticipated game against Cornwall. Principal Gold (David Cross), who has been told of Viola's impersonating Sebastian by a student and Sebastian's ex-girlfriend, Malcom and Monique, he halts the game and informs the crowd that Sebastian is a girl. The real Sebastian being present instead, he proves himself to be male by pulling down his shorts and exposing his genitals off-screen. At half-time, Viola explains the situation to Sebastian and they switch places again.
Later on in the game Viola explains that she has been impersonating her brother, finally convincing Duke and everyone else by showing them her breasts (again, off screen). The coach agrees to let Viola keep playing anyway, sternly informing the Cornwall coach that Illyria doesn't discriminate based on gender and he calls out the coach for his sexist ways. Illyria wins the game on a penalty kick when Viola scores a goal (after a save and then pass from Duke), finally humiliating Justin and the rest of the Cornwall boys.
Everyone at Illyria celebrates their victory over Cornwall, except for Duke who is hurt at Viola's deception. She invites Duke to her debutante ball, but she leaves as he doesn't show. Whilst in the garden, Duke turns up and they head to the debutante ball, where they are introduced, come on stage, and kiss. Monique and Justin come on stage together followed by Olivia and Sebastian. At the end of the film, Viola and Duke are shown playing on the soccer team of Illyria a year later, both on the first string.
- Amanda Bynes as Viola/Sebastian Hastings
- Channing Tatum as Duke Orsino
- Laura Ramsey as Olivia Lennox
- James Kirk as Sebastian Hastings
- David Cross as Principal Horatio Gold
- Vinnie Jones as Coach Dinklage
- Alex Breckenridge as Monique Valentine
- John Pyper-Ferguson as Roger
- Julie Hagerty as Daphne
- Lynda Boyd as Cheryl
- Robert Hoffman as Justin Drayton
- Jonathan Sadowski as Paul Antonio
- Amanda Crew as Kia
- Jessica Lucas as Yvonne
- James Snyder as Malcolm Feste
- Robert Torti as Coach Pistonek
- Brandon Jay McLaren as Toby
- Clifton MaCabe Murray as Andrew
- Emily Perkins as Eunice Bates
The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making $10.7 million USD in its opening weekend. Its budget was approximately $20,000,000. She's the Man grossed a total of $33,741,133 domestic with a total gross of $57,194,667 worldwide.
She's the Man has received mixed reviews. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives a rating of 44% based reviews from 110 critics, with an average score of 5 out of 10. The critical consensus is: "Shakespeare's wit gets lost in translation with She's the Man's broad slapstick, predictable jokes, and unconvincing plotline." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, the film has a rating score of 45 out of 100 based on 28 reviews. The film has since developed a cult following.
- Official website
- She's the Man at the Internet Movie Database
- She's the Man at Rotten Tomatoes
- She's the Man at Metacritic
- She's the Man at Box Office Mojo